Aesop Quotes

  • Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

  • The gods help them that help themselves.

  • The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

  • Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

  • Please all, and you will please none.

  • Familiarity breeds contempt.

  • Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.

  • Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

  • Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

  • Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

  • He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.

  • The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.

  • The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

  • He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.

  • A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.

  • The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

  • Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.

  • Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

  • People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.

  • It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.

  • Example is the best precept.

  • We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

  • After all is said and done, more is said than done.

  • Put your shoulder to the wheel.

  • We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.

  • Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

  • United we stand, divided we fall.

  • Adventure is worthwhile.

  • Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

  • Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.

  • The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.

  • It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.

  • Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

  • If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.

  • Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.

  • It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

  • Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

  • A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

  • A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.

  • Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

  • Slow but steady wins the race.

  • Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.

  • Plodding wins the race.

  • We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

  • Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.

  • Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.

  • Appearances are often deceiving.

  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

  • It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

  • It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.